Madrid pardons separatist leaders: Case closed for Catalan independence?

Last week, the nine Catalan separatist leaders jailed for their role in the region's 2017 independence bid walked freed from jail after being pardoned by the Spanish government. They had been serving prison terms of up to 13 years for their role in the ill-fated referendum. Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez hopes the gesture will lead to a process of reconciliation in the north-eastern region. But separatists call the move insufficient, while unionists say the measure is a dangerous concession. Our correspondents report.

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